Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Moments like these this afternoon when I wish I had a gardening guru to teach me the ways of the wild instead of sifting through reading material from the library. This photo is of just the soil in the little planters. I ended up making a lot more (from newspaper) as I felt I needed them so I could sow less seeds in each planter. I did eventually sow the seeds- not sure if I put too many in each container, whether they were too deep or too shallow (I put the thinner seeds in very shallow seed raising soil, and the larger seeds further apart and a little deeper) or whether they'll even germinate at all.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
When I was pregnant with L'il B, I was fortunate enough to meet Jenny, a lovely midwife, who was training as a CalmBirth practitioner and as part of her training offered the full course to Big B and I in our home on a weekly basis for a discounted rate (because she wasn't yet fully certified). We learned a lot about the birth process- physically, mentally and spiritually from her 10 years of experience as a midwife and through the tools the course gives you.
As a midwife in a country hospital for 20 years, Peter witnessed mothers whose experience of childbirth was one of fear, pain and trauma. As a result he began to search for ways to help improve the experience of these mothers.
He consequently qualified as a Private Subconscious Mind Therapist and in 1997 traveled to the USA and there qualified as a HypnoBirthing® practitioner. Peter brought this programme to Australia in 1997 and until 2004, trained HypnoBirthing® practitioners in this country. Over 100 certified HypnoBirthing ® practitioners attended his training.
As a result of feedback he received from couples attending his classes and some of the practitioners he trained in the HypnoBirthing® method, Peter realized the need for a unique Australian childbirth education programme. calmbirth® is the result.
The calmbirth® technique was developed to reduce pain in labour by eliminating the fear and tension that many women experience during childbirth. calmbirth® draws on Dr Grantly Dick Read’s (1889–1959) theory of fear – tension – pain which revolutionized the way people perceived childbirth in the early half of this century. His model outlining the relationship between fear tension and pain in the body of the labouring woman is based on the way the sympathetic nervous system reacts to signals of distress or potential danger.
In his work as a Private Subconscious Mind Therapist Peter has experienced first hand the remarkable healing which takes place when a person is taught to accesses his or her subconscious resources. In the calmbirth® classes couples are taught skills such as relaxation, visualisation and breathing which help to tap into these resources. This in turn reduces fear and anxiety about birth. In his book “Timeless Healing “Herbert Benson (1996) explains that the bodily calm we call the “relaxation response” has the opposite effect to the well know “fight and flight” response. The relaxation response is a state in which blood pressure is lowered, heart rate, breathing rate metabolic rate brought on by simple “….mental focusing or meditation techniques”. Benson believes that when we encourage patients (mothers) to play an active role in their health care (birth process) we are utilizing a contemporary understanding of mind body medicine. All of the above can have a beneficial effect on a woman’s pregnancy, labour and post partum period as has been proven over and over again by pregnant couples who have used the calmbirth® techniques in childbirth.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
In light of this, I will categorize my Sunday entries as “serene sundays” and put up photos that describe my mood, thoughts, ideas, inspiration or general weekend goings-on, instead of writing an entire entry.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Well, no sooner did I banished one electric appliance then did all of them disappear! Last night at about 6pm we lost all electric power... for the next 25 hours! Thank goodness we're vegetarian and don't keep frozen meat and the like in the freezer. We have a gas stove, so this morning we boiled up lots of water, washed our faces, made some tea and pan fried some toast. This afternoon I learned a lesson in reheating via the the stovetop- I just added a little water to my curry stew and stirred it around in a small saucepan. I swear it was faster than a reheat in the forbidden microwave.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I first came across this protein shake at a juice bar in Toronto (Canada, where I am from originally) called "Juice for Life". They called it 'the swoosh', I suppose because it is energy and protein packed enabling you to perform Nike like feats for the rest of the day. Or whatever... Regardless, the name has stuck for me, and I have been making swooshes off and on for almost 10 years. My recipe is not exactly like the original, but along the same lines. If you like chocolate, peanut butter and banana this is the shake for you.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
How I cherish these moments. Especially because I know my milk supply is dwindling (common in your first trimester and throughout pregnancy) and I am not sure how long L'il B will put up with it. He seems to be happy enough most days, but occasionally gets a bit frustrated with the lack of flow- especially in the morning, which used to be his biggest and most satisfying feed. I am so grateful for this intimate and complex relationship. It truly feels like an act of love, devotion, trust and deep nurture. One day, when this stage in our lives is complete, I know I will look back with no regrets, and a sense of accomplishment and pride that I persevered through the good times and the bad.